Even though he was acquitted by the U.S. Senate on Saturday for inciting an insurrection, former President Donald Trump is terrified that he will be criminally charged for his actions on Jan. 6 which led to thousands of his supporters storming the Capitol and killing a member of the Capitol police force.
CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins reported on Saturday that Trump is indeed fearful he could be facing indictment for his role in the insurrection at the Capitol. Collins was asked by host Wolf Blitzer:
“Kaitlan, I understand you are hearing that despite the acquittal, the former president is still very much worried about his legal future.”
“He is, Wolf. And privately he has expressed concern that he could be charged related to the January 6th rally — or riot I should say. That’s what he told multiple people.
“That’s in part why he has been so quiet every since he left the White House. We hardly heard from the president, only in written statements, he does not have access to his twitter account and one adviser to the president told me that is directly related to that, is that he is concerned that charges could happen and could be awaiting him.”
Collins added that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also hinted that he believes Trump is looking at being criminally charged for what happened:
“When you saw Mitch McConnell come out to try to explain his acquittal vote and he very strongly implied that the legal system should take care of Donald Trump, saying he was practically and morally responsible for that riot, that really does get at the heart of a big concern for the former president. It’s something that Liz Cheney said as well, implying there could be a prosecution in Donald Trump’s future related to what happened on January 6th and the role that he played in it.”
The Attorney General of Washington, D.C., Karl Racine, says he’s investigating Trump’s role in the riot and could well charge him. And the Justice Department under Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland may also take a look at filing federal charges against Trump and others for the incendiary rhetoric they used to stir up the crowd that later stormed the Capitol.
Trump should be worried. He needs to be charged and prosecuted.
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